PPD

I’ve found that sharing in another mother’s experience with a postpartum mood disorder can be helpful during your own battle.  It is wonderful to know that you are not alone.  Below is a collection of my posts regarding my struggle with PPD (postpartum depression) and PPA (postpartum anxiety).

If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression and/or anxiety, the following websites are great resources for evaluating symptoms and finding help.  If you are having feelings of harming yourself or your child, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 911.

Postpartum Progress
Postpartum Support International
U.S. National Library of Medicine

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Why I Climb

2300 climbers. 41 states. 5 countries. Why do I participate in Climb Out of the Darkness? Because twice I was in a place so dark and frightening that I didn’t think I would ever find my way back. Because I went undiagnosed for so long the first time that I barely functioned on a basic […]

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We’re snapping a Huggies Snug N Dry #UltraHug selfie for Climb Out of the Darkness!

Did you know that Huggies Snug N Dry is hosting an #UltraHug Contest? From now until June 25th, post a selfie of you and your kid(s) on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #UltraHug and share a local community organization or cause that you support. On July 6th, voting will narrow down contestants and the […]

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Climb Out of the Darkness with Postpartum Progress: Why I Climb

Have you heard the buzz about Postpartum Progress‘ Climb Out of the Darkness 2015 and wonder what it is all about? I am leading a climb in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is why I lead Team Green Bay. This is why I climb. Each year, 1 in 7 women face maternal mental illness. That is a […]

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4 Reasons I am Happier After Surviving Mental Illness

It was eight months after I had my first child before I realized that the “new” me was actually sick. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression (PPD). Antidepressants and talk therapy brought me back from the abyss. I later realized that I also suffered from postpartum anxiety (PPA) and postpartum OCD (PPOCD). When we decided we […]

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Our Climb Out of the Darkness: Team Green Bay #climbout

Team Green Bay! That’s right – it was just our family of four this year (Hubster was taking the picture above) representing Team Green Bay for the Climb Out of the Darkness for Postpartum Progress. Was I disappointed about that? Yes, I admit to being a bit bummed out that no one wanted to join […]

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I’m Back! Climb Out of the Darkness with Postpartum Progress.

Something big happened yesterday. David Gray performed his song, “Back In The World,” on the Today Show. Mr. Gray has graciously allowed Postpartum Progress to use his beautiful, and perfectly appropriate song, as its official song for Climb Out of the Darkness 2014. Postpartum Progress released this official video yesterday. Every time I watch it, […]

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